Florida Marriage Amendment on ballot in November
In addition to voting for a new president this November, Floridians also will vote on whether or not to amend their constitution to make sure that no gay unions are recognized as marriage OR the substantial equivalent thereof (whatever “substantial equivalent” means).
Why do I care? Well, as we’ve seen in the last two presidential elections, in which every vote truly counted, Florida is an important swing state. A past strategy of the Republican party has been to put such amendments on the ballots of states like Arkansas during an election year in an effort to flush fearful folks out of their house and into the polling booth. These are typically the same folks who are most likely to vote Republican, at least Huck-ish Republican.
Needless to say, I’d prefer to see Florida swing the other way, but it will be more difficult for that to happen now that the ballot is junked up with bigoted crap like a marriage amendment. I guess whether or not gay marriage is still a wedge issue remains to be seen.